The Mets have relieved manger Mickey Callaway of his duties, the team announced Thursday.
"We want to thank Mickey for his consistent work ethic and dedication over the last two seasons and I'm certain these characteristics will serve him well in his next opportunity," Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement. "A decision like this is never easy, however, we believe it is in the best interest of the franchise at this time."
The 44-year-old Callaway, who was hired before the 2018 season, was under contract through the 2020 season.
After the Mets went 77-85 in 2018 during Callaway's first season at the helm, they rode a second-half hot streak to playoff contention but fell three games short while finishing 86-76 in 2019 and in third place in the NL East.
While Van Wagenen gave Callaway credit in August for helping to keep the clubhouse together, the second season for Callaway was again riddled with in-game strategic errors.
Callaway also had an incident in June with Newsday reporter Tim Healey, when the manager cursed him out in the clubhouse after a game at Wrigley Field. Shortly after, then-Met Jason Vargas threatened to fight Healey before being restrained by teammates. Both Callaway and Vargas were fined for their actions.
Before the Mets turned their season around in July, Callaway's job status was in question, with Van Wagenen saying Callaway would be the manager for the remainder of the season but not addressing whether he would return in 2020 for the final year of his deal.
With Callaway now relieved of his duties, the Mets will turn their attention toward finding their next manager. The pool of candidates could include Joe Girardi, Buck Showalter, Luis Rojas, and a host of others.